Man Utd will be “mad” to let Rooney leave for Chelsea
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has warned Manchester United against selling Wayne Rooney. Neville, currently England’s assistant manager, has stated that Manchester United “would be mad” to let Wayne Rooney leave the club.
Rooney, who handed in his second transfer request in three years this summer, is preparing for the friendly against Scotland at the Three Lions camp. It appears as if the wantaway striker is not on the best terms with his new manager David Moyes, who also used to be his boss back at Everton.
Rooney has arrived at the training camp after Moyes announced the England international’s unavailability because of injury. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho continues his pursuit for Rooney even though the Red Devils have come to the decision of not selling their coveted 27-year-old striker, especially Chelsea.
Neville, who has played beside Rooney for a very longtime at Manchester United, claims Moyes will lose the “most important player in the Premier League” if Rooney is allowed to leave Old Trafford.
“Manchester United, at this moment in time, would be mad to sell him,” Neville told the Daily Mail. “Along with Robin Van Persie, he has been the most successful player in terms of goals and assists in the last five years of the Premier League.
“Even last year, which you could argue was a year he was below his best, but he was playing in midfield, playing right side, left side, he still had 22 goals and assists. He is a massive contributor to games and you can’t replace personalities. There are very few personalities in football now, big personalities, fighters, he is one of them.
“You can’t just buy them, you might argue you could replace them in respect of the numbers he creates but in terms of personality, what he brings, very difficult to replace him.
“I could argue in the last eight years, he has been the most important player in the Premier League. Why would I be over the top by stating that? He is one of the most successful players in the last eight years, won the most championships in that period, been an ever present, played in every single game nearly every season.
“Scoring 20 plus goals in most of them, assisting, fighting for every single ball in every single game. The evidence is there – they don’t grow on trees Wayne Rooneys.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have announced that they will keep fighting for Rooney “until the last day” of the season.